Coronavirus (COVID-19): bereavement scheme for family members of NHS and health and social care workers

If you are a non-EEA national family member and/or dependant of NHS workers and independent health and social care workers who have died as a result of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office have issued guidance pertaining to your needs.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 20 May 2020)

  • “If you’re a non-EEA family member of any NHS worker, including support staff, or a healthcare or social care worker who has died as a result of coronavirus, you will receive immediate indefinite leave to remain, free of charge.”
  • “Your family member must have been working for the NHS in any role or working for an independent health and care provider, including the social care sector.”
  • “You do not need to do anything to receive this status. UKVI will contact employers to identify those eligible and will arrange for you to be issued with indefinite leave to remain.”

“However, if you think you should receive this status, you can contact the UKVI NHS team.”


For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): bereavement scheme for family members of NHS and health and social care workers, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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